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Become A 5th Grade Teacher

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Working As A 5th Grade Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $54,890

    Average Salary

What Does A 5th Grade Teacher Do

A 5th Grade Teacher is responsible for educating children and teaching them subjects like math, English, science, or art. They work in a public or private school at the elementary level.

How To Become A 5th Grade Teacher

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.


All states require public kindergarten and elementary school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Some states also require kindergarten and elementary school teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science. They typically enroll in their college’s teacher preparation program and also take classes in education and child psychology in addition to those required by their major.

In teacher education programs, future teachers learn how to present information to young students and how to work with young students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit teach.org.

Some states require all teachers to earn a master’s degree after receiving their teaching certification.

Private schools typically seek kindergarten and elementary school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Those who teach in private schools are generally not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers are typically certified to teach early childhood grades, which are usually preschool through third grade, or elementary school grades, which are usually first through sixth grades or first through eighth grades.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree, they are required to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, typically gained through student teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. States often require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge of the subject they will teach. Although kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically do not teach only a single subject, they may be required to pass a content area test to earn their certification. For information on certification requirements in your state, visit teach.org.

Teachers are frequently required to complete annual professional development classes to keep their license. Some states require teachers to complete a master’s degree after receiving their certification.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately after graduation, under the supervision of an experienced teacher. These programs cover teaching methods and child development. After they complete the program, candidates are awarded full certification. Other programs require students to take classes in education before they can teach. Students may be awarded a master’s degree after completing one of these programs.


In order to receive certification, teachers need to undergo a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. During student teaching, they work with a mentor teacher and get experience teaching students in a classroom setting. The amount of time required varies by state.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teachers must collaborate with teacher assistants and special education teachers. In addition, they need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators.

Creativity. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must plan lessons that engage young students, adapting the lessons to different learning styles.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers must respond with patience when students struggle with material.

Physical stamina. Working with kindergarten and elementary-aged students can be tiring. Teachers need to be able to physically, mentally, and emotionally keep up with the students.

Resourcefulness. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers need to be able to explain difficult concepts in terms that young students can understand. In addition, they must be able to get students engaged in learning and adapt their lessons to meet students’ needs.


Experienced teachers can advance to serve as mentors to newer teachers or to become lead teachers. In these roles, they help less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

With additional education or certification, teachers may become school counselors, school librarians, or instructional coordinators. Some become assistant principals or principals, both of which generally require additional schooling in education administration or leadership.

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5th Grade Teacher Career Paths

5th Grade Teacher
Science Teacher Instructor Education Director
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Science Teacher Adjunct Instructor ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
6th Grade Teacher Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Assistant Director Director Of Admissions
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Language Arts Teacher Social Studies Teacher Adjunct Professor
Curriculum Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal Adjunct Instructor Associate Dean
5 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Program Coordinator Adjunct Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Coach Preschool Teacher
Director Of Preschool
7 Yearsyrs
Social Studies Teacher Special Education Teacher
Director Of Special Education
12 Yearsyrs
Middle School Teacher Spanish Teacher Pre-K Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Coach Trainer Training Manager
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Education Coordinator Health Educator
Education Program Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal Middle School Principal
High School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Social Studies Teacher Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
School Counselor Clinician Band Director
Orchestra Director
5 Yearsyrs
Language Arts Teacher Reading Teacher Kindergarten Teacher
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
6th Grade Teacher Math Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Adjunct Professor
School Superintendent
14 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Science Teacher Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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5th Grade Teacher Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Mandarin

  • Vietnamese

  • Hindi

  • Portuguese

  • Urdu

  • Russian

  • Filipino

  • Chinese

  • Cherokee

  • Sindhi

  • Korean

  • Cornish

  • Macedonian

  • Turkish

  • Catalan

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Real 5th Grade Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
5Th Grade Teacher Fahari Academy Charter School New York, NY Nov 02, 2016 $73,383
5Th Grade Teacher Lycee International de Los Angeles Pasadena, CA Jan 28, 2016 $72,230
Teacher In 1St. To 5Th Grade Dallas International School Dallas, TX Aug 01, 2015 $47,525
4Th/5Th Grade Multiage Classroom Teacher Miami Country Day School, Inc. Miami, FL Jan 22, 2009 $45,190 -
5Th Grade Teacher La Fe Preparatory School El Paso, TX Aug 01, 2014 $44,802
5Th Grade Bilingual Teacher Tyler Independent School District Tyler, TX Aug 14, 2015 $44,000
5Th Grade Teacher La Fe Preparatory School El Paso, TX Aug 01, 2013 $43,497
5Th Grade Dual Language Teacher Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 Woodstock, IL Jan 08, 2016 $38,713 -
5Th Grade Teacher Alamance Burlington School System Graham, NC Aug 01, 2010 $38,600

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Top Skills for A 5th Grade Teacher


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Top 5th Grade Teacher Skills

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Thematic Units
  3. Curriculum Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained effective classroom management by incorporating motivational activities and positive reinforcement strategies.
  • Created integrated thematic units utilizing multiple teaching strategies to reach all types of learners.
  • Participated in curriculum development programs as required.
  • Instruct 5th grade curriculum, design and develop units to meet the academic, intellectual and social needs of students.
  • Prepared weekly lesson plans and facilitated daily lessons.

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5th Grade Teacher Videos

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